Many industries have been disrupted with the on-going coronavirus pandemic. Amid this, Sony has now rescheduled its movie lineup, and the schedule moves are the most sweeping by a major studio as most movie theatres are now closed in North America.
Sony Pictures has confirmed that it has pushed back several of its major releases, including ‘Morbius,’ ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ ‘Uncharted,’ and ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ to next year.
The ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ has been moved from July 10, 2020, to March 5, 2021, while ‘Morbis’ has been shifted back from July 31, 2020, to March 19, 2021. The video game adaptation of ‘Uncharted’ will now release on October 8, 2021, instead of March 5, 2021. Further, the ‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’ has also been moved from August 7, 2020, to January 15, 2021.
The company has also announced that an untitled Sony/Marvel movie has also been delayed from its original release date of October 8, 2021, but the studio has not revealed the new date for this.
However, amid these major changes, the upcoming third Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man movie appears to be unaffected. The sequel to the ‘Spider-Man: Far from Home’ is already set to release on July 16, 2021.
The move from Sony Pictures indicates that it is not expecting theatres to be open again until mid-summer. Apart from Sony, Warner Bros. has also postponed ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ to August 14 instead of June 5. Also, Disney’s ‘Mulan’ has been indefinitely delayed, while the new James Bond movie ‘No Time to Die’ is now set for November release.
With Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius shifting to next March, they’ve bumped another of the studio’s films to a later date. Uncharted, starring Spider-Man’s Tom Holland as adventurer Nathan Drake from the hit video game series, was set for March 5, 2021, but will now open eight months later on October 8, 2021. (Chances are it couldn’t have made that original date anyway with the pandemic shutting down productions for the foreseeable future.)
The Tom Hanks World War II submarine drama Greyhound, which had originally been set for release last year, was supposed to debut on June 12, but now has no release date. Hanks was among the first celebrities to reveal that he, along with wife Rita Wilson, had contracted the Covid-19 virus, although they have posted about their recovery.
Everything from Warner Bros. Wonder Woman 1984 to Disney’s Mulan and Black Widow has been postponed due to the outbreak, with Universal’s next chapter in the Fast & Furious franchise, F9, delayed by almost a year, as well. While some studios hope to see a return to moviegoing by the end of summer, there’s still no certainty about whether that will be realistic.